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Cam Ly Homestay
Ranked #5 of 358 Da Lat B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

We booked the night before turning up and paid a booking fee through hostelbookers only to turn up and told it had shut down, we couldn't stay and there was no help of support offered. Bw careful in case you get stuck in the same situation. Luckily the easy rider tour man took us to a lovely cheap hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We booked our double room through internet, and we were very happy we did it at Ben and friends house. Despite arriving very early in the morning (7 am) our room (and our friends room) was ready for us, so we could have a rest before a "hard night" in the sleeping bus. We stayed there for a couple of nights enjoying the magic dalat and the "enjoy rider tour" in our second day, visitng waterfalls, a coffe plantation and all the landscape around. Bong (I hope I wrote it properly) was very friendly, very good english speaker and very keen to answer all our doubts and make us laught.
A good place to stay, with a nice terrace and hall for having breakfast and meet other travellers.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We arrived in Dalat without any accommodation booked, on a busy Vietnamese holiday weekend. A frantic Google search later, and we arrived at Cam Ly. And we were extremely thankful we did. Right from arrival Ben and his staff made us feel more like friends staying over than just guests. Even when a couple more of our companions turned up with no booking, Ben managed to cheerfully rearrange things to accommodate them.

We stayed for the better part of a week, and enjoyed it immensely. The atmosphere in Cam Ly was always friendly and welcoming with a great social side in the evenings - had some of my best nights in Vietnam while there. The day time motorbike tour was also a fantastic day and well worth doing - Ben was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who clearly enjoys to show the beauty of his homeland to guests.

The other name of Cam Ly is "Ben and Friends", and when you leave that is exactly how you will feel. I'd definitely go back to stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Mike H
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

I have stayed there for 2 weeks already, and despite a few details which can be improved, the place is really nice, all new (they opened 3 months ago!), a terrace (common area) to have free coffee, tea, a nice bar like atmosphere, you can ask to play your own music if you like it. And listen to guitar players practicing in the evening :-) The staff is really helpful, energic and smiling. They speak great English :-) They are young and full of positive energy. To me, I was happy to be a bit out of the city center, but just 10min walking. For a cheap hostel, the place is great. I surely advise it to any backpackers.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Zora2013
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

There is so much to say about my stay at cam ly! The staff are all great fun and will always sit and have a drink with you. The day tour that they arrange is incredible, with fantastic adventures and fantastic food. So much better then any other tour I have been on, an way more personal. The rooms are comfortable, however they are a bit damp! But for such a cheap price you can't expect much more. The location is quite central to the main town of dalat, it took us about 15 minutes to walk to town. This hostel is great fun for backpackers who want to have a good time, it is not family orientated, but I would highly recommend it for people who want to experience dalat and party!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank Georgiah124
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We booked a room online but it wasn't ready for us despite us arriving after the stated time. Ben seemed friendly enough but didn't check our booking and gave us a double instead of twin room. The room was cold, only had a blanket no sheets! Bathroom was soaking wet with hairs everywhere. Sink falling off the wall and water poured all over the floor everytime tap was turned on! We told them about it and one of Ben's friends came in to 'fix' it and just made it worse.

Ben offered us his tour, we found it cheaper in town for a private tour in a car with a great guide. When we didn't book with him he was offish with us for the rest of our stay. Quite immature. Also funny (and annoying) he thinks he's a dj playing really loud dance music in the hall in the late afternoon just for himself?

We booked a bus through the hostel, had to keep nagging him to give us our tickets. He told us the wrong time for pickup and the taxi turned up wile we were having breakfast (no tea!) and started shouting at us. The receptionist who didn't speak English woke Ben up who came downstairs and got really angry with us when we said he'd told us the wrong time. He was shouting and swearing at the top of his voice in his own hotel first thing in the morning - so amateur and embarrassing.

Don't fall for the reviews about a 'secret tour's it's just his lame way of selling it. Our tour (bike or car)was cheaper, longer and included a great lunch.

Overall a bad memory of a great place in Vietnam - stay elsewhere!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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3  Thank Ajbdm
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Arrived in Dalat and planned to stay for just two days. This was until i arrived at Bens villa and realised just how amazing the people and place truly was!

Ben and the staff at Cam Ly Villa could not do enough for you. The slogan 'home away from home' was certainly the case here as the rooms were meticulous and extremely comfortable and cosy. Cable tv with flat screens in all the rooms, en suites and amazing surround sound music in the outside area of the hostel for when the socialising starts. If travelling alone I certainly recommend this place as it is not right in the hustle and bustle of the town centre but located 10 minutes away in a beautiful setting. Ben makes everyone feel so welcome, introducing you to his 'home' and his family and friends! This hotel was like none others I have ever stayed at across Asia, the motorbike tour that Ben offers was fantastic and showed the real side of Dalat and Vietnamese culture that I found no where else.
Cleans rooms, comfy rooms, value for money, very friendly staff, home like feel, great social side if travelling alone, and just an overall amazing place!!!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND. DON'T MISS OUT ON DALAT 5*!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Cam Ly Homestay

Address: 62 Hoang Van Thu | Ward 5, Da Lat 670000, Vietnam (Formerly Villa Cam Ly Dalat)
Region: Vietnam > Lam Dong Province > Da Lat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 358 B&Bs / Inns in Da Lat
Price Range: £8 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cam Ly Homestay is located in Dalat center around 1.1 km, close to Crazy house, Vegetarian restaurants, Groceries, cathidral, Cam Ly water fall, and Market. With a nice atmosphere and reasonable prices will bring to guests a comfortable and satisfied. Private rooms and Dormitory are provided at this homestay. English and Vietnamese speaking . Services: - Free city map. - BBQ outside dinner everynights. - Free pool table, footsball and Dart. - Laundry. - Motorbike for rent. - Free bicycle ( Limited bikes so guests might ask a request before borrowing). - WI-FI and hot water are always available in each rooms. - Satellite TV. Tour services: - Easyrider tours. - Canyouning tour. - Trekking. - Mountain biking. Free pick up (10km around Dalat center). ... more   less 
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